January 30th, 2010
12:29 PM ET
5 years ago

George H. W. Bush visits White House

Former President George H. W. Bush met with President Obama Saturday at the White House.
Former President George H. W. Bush met with President Obama Saturday at the White House.

Washington (CNN) - Former President George H. W. Bush returned to the White House for a rare Saturday morning meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, but administration officials said no specific issue was on the agenda.

The former president was in town for the Alfalfa Club dinner on Saturday night and just wanted to sit down with Obama to talk, officials said. His son Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, accompanied him for the visit.

When asked how the meeting went as they departed the White House, former President Bush called it a "good meeting."

Another son, former President George W. Bush, returned to the White House for the first time since leaving office two weeks ago for a meeting with Obama and former President Bill Clinton on relief efforts for Haiti.

President Obama will not be attending the Alfalfa Club dinner Saturday. The Alfalfa Club is a social organization of politicians and corporate executives that puts on an exclusive annual dinner, which is closed to the press.

soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Ray

    DBS in Dallas got it right. Both sides need to talk, be civil, and not get into personal attacks and emotionalism, cheap shots and easy points with constituents back home. Most of us out of the Beltway are sick of the bickering and pettyness and expect them to compromise and actually get something done.

    January 30, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Bigiman

    Two intelligent presidents chatting together. Dem / Repub. Thats what we need. No screaming, but civil. Dumb people scream, when they have notihing important to say. You know what I mean...................

    January 30, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Charles Pratt

    Cross-polination of ideas and seeking counsel is very positive.

    January 30, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Emma

    The aspect of two men having been in similar circumstances having a visit is a good thing. If we think GHW Bush will convert Obama, it was shown last night that Obama is solid in his thinking, analysis and use of facts.

    January 30, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. freelance

    Although never loved, I think Bush Sr. was at first tolerable, and for years has been pretty well liked, unlike his son. billy123, I agree that crash and burn is descriptive of the Republicans' current modus operandi.

    January 30, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Russ in Benton AR

    Mr Bush told president Obama to not use the phrase "a thousand points of light", or his sons "Evil doers"

    January 30, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. RoRo

    I hope this helps get things moving and improve bi-partisanship. The Republicans have been somewhat divisive and stuborn along political lines. Even when the issues are for the betterment of the country. They all need to stop campaigning and start doing thier jobs. a quote from Platos Republic;
    "You should not only ask but answer, and you should not seek honor to yourself from the refutation of an opponent, but have your own answer; for there is many a one who can ask and cannot answer."

    January 30, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. patriot

    JEB in 2012 / 3's a charm

    January 30, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    This is a great sign of working together; that is what I love to see. It's so refreshing to see a D and a R working together. No matter if you are D or R, we are still the great America that we always have been, and we need to realize that. Here is a idea that I thought might help.
    For all investments, we must come up with an investment total; this will come up with an investment sum; that number is 55 trillion dollars. That number is huge; there is no denying that, but if we are to sustain a US clean energy independent economy, that is what we must do if it is to be accomplished. This investment needs to be divided up to a 50 year time span. We must invest 8 trillion in solar over a period of 50 years, 8 trillion in wind over the next 50 years, 14 trillion in geothermal energy over the next 50 years, 7 trillion in hydrogen in the next 50 years, 10 trillion in biomass/ biofuel energy over the next 50 years, 4 trillion in natural gas over the next 50 years, and 2 trillion in nuclear technology in the next 50 years; including 2 trillion in offshore oil in the next 50 years. I think implementing a form of a Progressive Tax System is necessary to pay for this; $1million or more a year (30% tax on yearly income),> 500 thousand- 1million (25%), >250 thousand- 500 thousand (20%), >100 thousand- 250 thousand (15%), >75 thousand- 100 thousand (10%), >50 thousand- 75 thousand (5%), >35 thousand- 50 thousand (2-3%), >10 thousand- 35 thousand (1%), 10 thousand or less will pay a very little tax ($1,000,000 a year would pay a total of at least $300 thousand worth of taxes per year (30%). Half of that would go to the investments I described above ($150 thousand), and the other half would go to other government programs like Medicare, Social Security, etc. For each income group, for each person, half of their taxes will go to the investments as I described above, while the other half goes to other government programs like Medicare, Social Security, and on reforming schools to teach environmental friendliness better. The more money the middle and lower class people have, the more money they will spend or invest in both small or big businesses; thus job creation will be around the corner. That is my idea.

    January 30, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Bill from GA

    I'll say one thing for W, he sure made his father look better.

    January 30, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. jim

    the democrats blame the republicans for everything. its bush's fault.
    the press give them free reign to blame. (they report the news- what is said) Republicans break a rule and they editorialize the matter.

    the SOTU is a great example. Obama lies and points fingers. Not one
    in the MSM call him out for lies and distortions.

    The republicans will sweep in november and hopefully LEAD this time!

    January 30, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Mo

    Guy what lesson Sr. Bush can give it to President Obama? Out Presdent is doing briallent job. Probably he is complimenting for his performance.

    January 30, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. jay in denver

    "Now where's that kinder, gentler nation? I know I left it around here someplace , , , "

    January 30, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Saramago

    Why does everything have to be about politics? Maybe it was just a nice visit. But people write in here such mean things about the Republicans. I'd like to set the record straight – i didn't vote republican and I didn't vote for Obama. Obama is the worse President this country has ever had. Please don't sugar coat it – he is trying to destroy everything that is good about America. I'm starting to believe what the right wing says about him is correct. On the other hand, please, you Republicans are a disgrace. You started these spending sprees under the last Bush, and you guys are the ones responsible for this uncontrolled economy. Obama is just not qualified to run this country and if you Republicans can do anything to help him, this is going to be a tough hole to climb out of. I hope that Americans are wise to know who writes in here because they are getting paid to write here – Please, join me and millions of other Americans voting out EVERY INCUMBENT.... only then, we can begin to take back our country (every incumbent mean you too, Obama)!!!!!

    January 30, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Obama/Biden

    the republicans need to help with rebuilding the economy instead of criticize Obama on every he does. Americans need jobs and health care, terorism cannot be front issue for Obama when so many people do no have jobs. The republicans need to get it.

    January 30, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. eabrodie

    @DBS in Dallas:

    You hit right to the point. If this country were ran like any normal corporation where actual work gets done and different teams collaborate and work out differences in opinion and philosophies in a civil manner, things would start shaping up quickly. The problem is, unfortunately as always, so many politicians are in it for their pants pockets.

    January 30, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Susan

    This is exactly the type of ridiculous thinking and the type of disgusting incivility that is just dragging out country down.

    It's silly and pathetic statements such as what was written, that have NO basis, just character attacks because you are sulking that your idiotic Republican Party trashed this country, and you are lashing out because your party lost.

    To people like seebofubar I say "Grow up and get some education and intelligence!"

    -------
    seebofubar wrote:
    "I suspect that Obama got a good schooling from Bush. At least I hope so, that spoiled brat need to be taked down a few pegs."

    January 30, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. F. Ross

    @seebofubar...Bush should have schooled his firstborn.. and please
    learn to spell before you give us your "opinions"...

    January 30, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. James -Jacksonville, FL

    Joann in Uniondale- Intelligence and IQ are irrelevant if you don't know how to apply it to the matters at hand. Mr Obama may be the most intelligent president to sit in OUR capital (not his) ever, but it is obvious his experience is lacking. I want America to be great as well but real intelligence is to admit that you don't know everything and how the world and this great country should be prosperous, safe, and above all, remain FREE. Mr. Obama and the left wish to take more and more from us and think they know what is best for us when he hasn't held a real job hardly ever and when he did, he stated he felt like he was "behind enemy lines". In his eyes, anyone in the capitalist market is the enemy. Who do you think employes the majority of the U.S. Citizens? The private sector. Anyone who has been around the block will tell you that they would rather have a person who is smart and experienced rather than super intelligent and wet behind the ears. Obama has no clue what "theory to practice" means and needs to stop talking and start listening. 2010 is going to be a rough year for him and the dems.

    January 30, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. doug marcus sewell, nj

    he will have an interesting place in history.
    few presidents had a better pulse on foerign affairs than him and his staff.
    it was his admin that bore the brunt of the last real estate implosion, and i think history will vindicate the outcome.
    a realist, flexible, dogged by not appealing to the extremes.

    January 30, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. tmart

    I have high regard for George H. W. I thought he was a good president and inspiring during the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. He was far, far more deserving to be reelected than his son.

    January 30, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Joe

    @seebofubar –

    Please explain exactly how "....that spoiled brat need taked down a few pegs...." Please be specific. Can you be factual or is it your opinion about "taked" down.

    How is the child of a single parent and who was self made a spoiled brat?

    January 30, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Leo

    Republicians sent elder Bush to make the peace. After all President Obama and The Bush's are related.

    January 30, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Albert K. L.A., CA

    What do they have to talk about? They travel separate economic paths. Obama’s path is the straight and narrow high-road of law and order regulating those bandits who hangout at banks and markets. Republicans want to continue down the old lawless Reagan Trail of 1890’s “Horse-and-sparrow economics” promising if we feed a horse enough oats some are bound to pass through to the high-end and trickle-down onto the trail for the sparrows, as they ignore how it all got lost in the Bushes; the George Bushes. Now, daddy dares to bring another George (Jeb) Bush to the White House? We have been down that path and look were it got us. Robbed!

    January 30, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Liz

    I love G H W B, and I'm a liberal. But I did vote for him against Clinton. GHWB is a good man and was smart enough to do the right thing in the Persian gulf war (get Saddam out of Kuwait and get the troops out of the middle east-BRAVO!). I would vote for him again.

    Too bad his son did not pay attention (or listen). I wish the Republicans could go back to the party of fiscal conservatism rather than religious craziness. Until they do, I won't be voting for another Republican.

    January 30, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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